This year marks 20 years since the tragic death of Princess Diana, and a whole host of events have been planned in order to honour the life of one of the most beloved public figures of all time.
One of said events was the newly announced Diana Awards Inaugural Legacy Awards, the ceremony of which took place on 19th May, to hand out awards to young people who, like Diana, have shown immense compassion and kindness.
And Prince William and Prince Harry of course attended the ceremony in order to present the honours to the impressive young kids, and to honour their late mother.
The young princes opened up about the late Princess in touching speeches.
Harry spoke about how his mother wasn’t just the People’s Princess in front of the cameras, but behind them too. He said, “One of the things our mother taught William and I was the value of doing good when no one is watching,” said Harry.
“She visited hospitals late at night to comfort patients; she spent hours writing letters to privately support the work of others; she achieved a lot by shining a spotlight, but she worked just as hard when the cameras were gone.”
William also delivered an emotional speech honouring his mother, and the impact she had on the world.
He said, “This summer marks 20 years since our mother died. She achieved so much in her life. From helping to shatter the stigma around AIDS, to fighting to ban landmines and supporting the homeless, she touched the lives of millions.
William also commented on just how young Diana was when she lost her life, saying “The truth is, though, that she was taken at only 36, just slightly older than I am today.”
“Of course, we can never know what our mother would have gone on to do. But in one sense Harry and I feel that our mother lives on in the countless acts of compassion and bravery that she inspires in others.
“And it is why we are so pleased that her name is being put to good use by the Diana Award to recognise young people who are making a mark on the world around them.”
After the ceremony was over, the two brothers got a chance to properly meet the 20 young recipients of the award, who range in age from 11 to late teens, and hailed from the UK, United States, Canada, India, Belize and the United Arab Emirates.
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And Prince Harry was quick to make it known just how impressed he was with them all, saying “I cannot believe how young you all are, most of you are still at school. When you get some spare time on your hands you’re saving lives and inspiring people.
“You should be absolutely proud of what you’ve started and what you’ve achieved, you’re still in your teenage years – don’t stop now guys.”